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Page County Joins the Fight Against the Opioid Industry: Lawsuit Alleges Defendants’ Illegal Practices Devastated Virginia County

September 21st, 2018

PRNewswire

PAGE COUNTY, Va., Sept. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Page County, Virginia, represented by Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., and The Cicala Law Firm PLLC today initiated legal action against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids. Page County […]

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Supervisors discuss education, mental health

September 19th, 2018

star Tribune

By MATT BELL Star-Tribune Staff Writer The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors had little in the way of business Tuesday during the public hearing. Their closed session however lasted for over an hour and a half Tuesday night as economic development plans, library plans for expansion, interviewing attorneys to potentially hire to conduct an investigation […]

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Pittsylvania County hires law firm to file suit against opioid manufacturers

September 19th, 2018

GoDanRiver

Halle Parker CHATHAM — After exiting closed session, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to hire a law firm to file a lawsuit against drug manufacturers in pursuit of damages for the opioid epidemic on Tuesday night. The county hired Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP — a national public interest law firm — and […]

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Freundel settlement gets preliminary approval

September 18th, 2018

Washington Jewish Week

By Jared Foretek A judge granted preliminary approval last week to the $14.25 million settlement agreement reached by victims of Rabbi Barry Freundel and Kesher Israel, the Orthodox synagogue Freundel led until he was arrested for secretly filming women as they undressed at its nearby ritual bath. The agreement, reached last month, will bring various levels […]

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$50 million sexual harassment lawsuit shines light on Columbia’s staff-student sex policy

September 18th, 2018

College Fix

MATTHEW STEIN – SWARTHMORE COLLEGE Staff apparently not forbidden from pursuing romantic or sexual relationships with students Columbia University’s policy on sexual and romantic relationships between students and staff appears to permit those relationships even when there is a “supervisory, advisory or mentoring context.” School officials did not respond to repeated queries on the matter. […]

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Merck Workers Defend Class Claims In $250M Sex Bias Suit

September 18th, 2018

Law360

By Danielle Nichole Smith Law360 (September 18, 2018, 10:23 PM EDT) — Women who used to work for Merck & Co. Inc. told a New Jersey federal judge on Monday that the company’s attempt to defeat their class claims in a sex bias suit seeking $250 million rested on a “hair-splitting house of cards,” arguing […]

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Best Law Firm of the Year and Attorney of the Year Award Finalists

September 17th, 2018

American Lawyer

We are honored to announce our finalists for the Best Law Firm of the Year and Attorney of the Year awards. These special firms and individuals will be… By Gina Passarella Cipriani We are honored to announce our finalists for the Best Law Firm of the Year and Attorney of the Year awards. These special […]

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Opioid MDL Stakes Rise For Pharmacy Benefit Cos.

September 17th, 2018

Law360

By Jeff Overley Law360 (September 17, 2018, 7:22 PM EDT) — The nation’s biggest pharmacy benefit management companies should be forced to clamp down on painkiller prescriptions, according to a new motion that raises the stakes for PBMs in multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic and contains fresh signs of friction among plaintiffs attorneys. The […]

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Voyeur Rabbi’s Victims to Get $25,000 Each

September 12th, 2018

Georgetown

By Peggy Sands Fifty-two women secretly videotaped by an Orthodox rabbi in Georgetown between 2004 and 2014 as they undressed to immerse in a mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath, will get $25,000 each if a settlement reached between them and four Jewish organizations is approved by a D.C. judge. A number of others who had […]

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Former Nashville judge speaks with Donald Trump about clemency, criminal justice reform

September 7th, 2018

The Tennessean

Elaina Sauber, Nashville Tennessean A former federal judge in Nashville who spoke with President Donald Trump about criminal justice reform and clemency on Wednesday said he left the White House feeling optimistic. Kevin Sharp, a federal judge in the Middle District of Tennessee from 2011 to 2017, was among a group of roughly 20 people […]

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